That time Paul Ryan was a 'moderate' ...

That time Paul Ryan was a 'moderate' on abortion? Just kidding!

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jan 5, 2013
Being Mitt Romney's running mate and sacrificial lamb sure did suck for Paul Ryan. And not just because the not-so-dynamic duo experienced a shellshocking-to-Republicans-o nly defeat on Election Day.
No, the hardest thing about being Romney's little buddy must have been all those times Ryan was forced by the campaign to pretend to take what Republicans consider the "moderate" position on reproductive rights—that is, that abortion is wrong in all cases unless you've been raped or your pregnancy will kill you, in which case it's still wrong but maybe, just maybe, if you beg and plead and prove you're not a fickle slut, well, maybe it's less wrong. Because that's what passes for moderate in today's Republican Party.

Until joining the Romney ticket, Ryan had been very proud of his uber-extremist record in the House when it came to legislating vaginas and hating women. He boasted in 2010 that he was "as pro-life as a person gets." He'd earned a perfect score from the National Right to Life Committee. And he didn't just vote for those bills; he helped lead the charge:

Paul Ryan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Life Act, which defines a fertilized egg as a person and grants it "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood." No exceptions.
Paul Ryan also co-sponsored HR 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" bill in which Republicans tried to redefine rape so that it only applied to "forcible" rape so those fake rape victims would stop exploiting loopholes to cash in on fabulous gifts and prizes. Republicans pulled that part out of the bill so everyone would stop criticizing them, and then they tried to sneak it back in anyway.
But being on Romney's ticket meant he had to downplay his extremism to try to appeal to those very people Ryan was so used to openly and blatantly hating. Among the many indignities he suffered, he had to pretend to distance himself from his ideological soulmate, the now former Rep. Todd Akin, with whom he voted 93 percent of the time. When Akin explained last August that women have magic lady parts that can detect and deflect legitimate rape sperm, and therefore, no woman should be permitted to have an abortion, even in those circumstances that "moderate" Republicans deem slightly less hell-worthy, Ryan of course agreed with his friend because that's his position too. After all, according to Ryan, rape is just "a method of conception." Yet Ryan was forced to condemn Akin and his comments.


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